Downtown Asheville motorcycle shop Moto Vicious to open bar next year

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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A downtown motorcycle shop that’s been open for about a year on South Lexington Avenue plans to open a new bar in its shop sometime next year, according to co-owner Hunter Crombie.

Moto Vicious, at 99 S. Lexington Ave., just got approval for the small bar, says Crombie, who owns the motorcycle shop with James Henson. Moto Vicious has been open about a year.

“There’s a great motorcycle community in Asheville, but they don’t really have a place to hang out,” Crombie says. With a small bar, indoor seating, as well as outdoor space in warmer months, Moto Vicious hopes to fill that niche, he says.

A few years ago, riders began gathering at The Wedge Brewery on Wednesday nights, Crombie says. “We love the Wedge, but we need a place to hang out in the winter.”

Crombie says he used to operate a motorcycle shop in Oregon and moved to Asheville in 2005. Henson has been in Asheville about 20 years. (Crombie is a former motorcycle racer, as well.) Crombie and Henson restore and repair bikes. They build custom bikes. They also sell a few bikes on consignment.

“We work on pretty much everything except the Harley end of things. We do a lot with the adventure riding community – BMWs and Hondas. There’s a huge adventure rider community here,” Crombie says. “We’re just an old-school motorcycle shop.”

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. DK December 16, 2015

    Love the concept, and I don’t mean to harsh a brother’s mellow, but is anyone else seeing a lawsuit in the making here?

  2. Dean November 21, 2014

    Groovy. My kinda people.

    1. peace November 25, 2014

      Everyone should have their spot but I hope this doesn’t mean we get more noisy motorcycles passing through downtown.

      What a shame it is to hear their useless noise overriding the street musicians. People that are fascinated by loud rumbling noise are closer to cave men and shouldn’t ruin more enlightened entertainment for others.

      1. avl'ater November 26, 2014

        Please, give me the rumble of a bike any day over the out of tune, out of ideas, horrible excuse for music that permeates downtown. I can’t even open the windows of my office sometimes because the music is so bad. At least bikers have taste.

      2. Marcella December 3, 2015

        You’d have to get rid of the BRP to get rid of noisy motorcyclists! Or get the PD to enforce noise regulations.

        Second, some of the street musicians are darn offensive too!

        Lastly, you’re showing your prejudices!!!!


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